I learned to think about religion, race and sex through the complex and often unattractive medium of jokes.
Most students have thoughts about emigrating to Israel. A significant number go on aliyah. We are proud of our Israel programs, which come at a considerable cost to the university.
In literature classes, you don’t learn about genes; in physics classes you don’t learn about human evolution. So you get a fragmented view of the world. That makes it hard to find meaning in education.
About the time of the expulsion of the Tarquins from Rome, the Etruscan power had reached its height.
The best writing is not about the writer, the best writing is absolutely not about the writer, it’s about us, it’s about the reader.
As a rule, men worry more about what they can’t see than about what they can.
Don’t try to tear down other people’s religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy it’s glories.
As I remember, the first real poem I wrote was about the wheat fields between Spokane and Pullman, to the south.
The worst thing about war was the sitting around and wondering what you were doing morally.
The Elephantine papyri – written as some of the books of the Bible are being written – is true social and legal documentation, and to historians overwhelmingly powerful and moving, even when ostensibly about trivial things.